Becoming a Congregation of Learners: Learning as a Key to Revitalizing Congregational Life


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by Isa Aron. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2000.

Religious leaders agree that a commitment to life-long learning by congregants is critically important to the overall well-being and strength of faith communities, and Professor of Jewish Education, Isa Aron, is no exception. Aron and her colleagues wanted to transform synagogues into learning congregations and congregants into life-long learners, believing that to do so would transform and revitalize individuals and communities in their faith. Here, Aron details the five stages in the transformation process and tells the stories of fourteen congregations who successfully implemented it. The process involves a leadership team and a task force who guide the cultural change. Congregational conversations, experimenting, and exploring are three stages of the process. Written in an accessible and user-friendly style, readers will find numerous helps for the transformation process: exercises, examples, activities, samples, and reflection questions. Aron’s book is written for synagogues; however, other traditions can use the process with minimal adaptation.

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